By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 08Aug2013 (BicolToday.com) – If there is still a doubt of the political will of Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee the serving of the closure and stoppage order of Peter and Paul Philippines Corporation (PPPC) operating a buko juice plant in Barangay Cabid-an here at 5:04 this afternoon may have sealed her detractors mouth for good.
The city mayor accompanied by City Administrator Cesar Balmaceda effected the closure when PPPC plant operations manager received the letter notifying them that by the close of its operation for the day, all operational system of the plant should stop. Conspicously absent is Quirino Panganiban the plant manager who was on sick leave.
Lee’s action was anticipated by the community after she assured them that any conclusive resolution of the city council will be acted immediately, a challenged she posed which the council responded through Resolution No. 171 series of 2013. The inherited problem has all the drama of a political wait and see but the city mayor was unperturbed that environment is not a bargain for a corporate investor.
Peter and Paul Philippines Corporation may have all the legal aces but nature came calling was how Father Michael Imperial sum-up the woes of the corporation leading to its temporary closure. The voices of dissent prevailed over a corporate greed were the words of local environmentalist.
The letter of stoppage and closure discloses 14 violative acts of the corporation, four city ordinances were violated and five Republic Acts relagated and five Presidential Decrees ignored.
The tenor of the temporary closure and stoppage order of City Mayor Lee after finding ample proof of violations and neglects of the buko juice plant was “to immediately stop its operation until such time that it is able to operationalize its waste water treatment facility in accordance with existing DENR effluents standard and until it secured the required Wastewater Discharge Permit and Permit to Operated from EMB V, building and business permit from the City Government of Sorsogon.” [BicolToday.com]